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    Security Forces Kill Taliban Shadow Governor of Northern Afghan Baghlan Province

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    Afghan troops, with support of US aircraft, have killed the Taliban's (a terrorist group outlawed in Russia) shadow governor of the northern province of Baghlan, local media reported Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Mawlawi Lal, who was a commander of the Taliban's troops in the region, as well as over 50 other militants were killed in the raid that started at 11 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday, the Tolonews broadcaster reported citing local officials. The media outlet noted that no official figures had been released yet.

    The broadcaster added that dozens of US aircraft assisted the Afghan servicemen in the anti-Taliban operation conducted in Baghlan's Pol-e-Khomri city.

    Afghan government forces supported by Washington are currently fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency in the crisis-torn country. The radical movement is currently controlling vast territories of Afghanistan and has established Sharia law on the occupied territories.

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